LEST WE FORGET

Lieutenant George NOWLAND

Service No: 971
Born: Fitzroy VIC, April 1892
Enlisted in the Army: 11 October 1916
Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Air Operations, Belgium, 22 May 1918, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, Nord Pas de Calais, France
CWGC Additional Information: Son of James Frederick and Janet Nowland, of 112 Park Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
Place of Association: North Fitzroy VIC
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 22 May 1918 balloons brought two of Malley’s (1) noon patrol to grief near Neuf Berquin. Lieutenants Nowland (2) and A. Finnie (3), two accomplished airmen, dived at one balloon together, collided in the air, and both crashed and were killed.

(1) Squadron Leader Garnet Francis Malley MC AFC 5883; Born Mosman NSW 2 November 1983
(2) Sopwith Camel aircraft D1924
(3) Sopwith Camel aircraft D1909

Extract from Cutlack, F.M. (Frederic Morley) The Australian Flying Corps in the Western and Eastern Theatres of War 1914-8, Angus and Robertson Ltd Sydney, 1941 – Page 285

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, NOWLAND GEORGE
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Book AIR 1/969 page 307,211348

Bibliography:

Richards, E.J. (Edward John) Australian Airmen: History of the 4th Squadron, publisher unknown, c1919

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